Fire scorches Elysian Park hillside

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Smoke drifted over traffic on the 5 Freeway this afternoon after a brush fire broke out on a steep hillside in Elysian Park.

The L.A. Fire Department said the approximately one-acre blaze had been extinguished shortly after 5 pm. More than 60 firefighters and water-dropping helicopters were deployed to knock down  the fire about 40 minutes after it began on the far north end of the park.

There were no reports of injuries. No word on what may have caused the blaze.

Photo by Christine Peters

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  1. Christine Peters photo…wow! And thanks for the story, Eastsider.

  2. Yet another fire started by the countless homeless encampments allowed to fester in the hills. What a disaster. Get them out of there immediately, and make them clean up their trash too

  3. I hike through there and noticed the fiery remains. Although there are homeless living in the park not too far from there, that area doesn’t normally have homeless encampments but it does have tons of litter. It is near an overlook and it seems people enjoy throwing their trash over the side . The fire actually helped with the litter removal. The people hired by the city don’t seem to be very interested in picking up the trash either, unfortunately. Elysian park can be very dirty.

  4. Great job LA Fire Dept! We all appreciate everything you do.

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